Why has the Guardian ignored the Scottish boycott story? (Take the CiF Watch poll!)

While I wouldn’t recommend to my greatest enemies, yet alone my fellow Israel supporters, trying to get into the head of Guardian editors – a moral abyss from which you may never return – many of us here at CiF Watch have been wondering about the Guardian’s strange silence on the evolving story of the boycott of Israeli goods by the Scottish town of West Dunbartonshire, and the vile emails consistently emanating from boycott supporter, Jim Bollan.

I’ve gone to the Israel page of the Guardian each day half expecting to see a positive, sympathetic profile of Jim Bollan, or a classic Guardian editorial blasting the Israel lobby, and other critics of the boycott, for smearing BDS proponents.

But, as of this date, nada.

So, I figured, why not have some fun with the Guardian’s strange silence on this provocative issue.  

In addition to the cheeky options I offered in the poll below, please feel free to offer your own serious, or not so serious, take on why the Guardian has suddenly been rendered mute in the face of a chance to pile on Israel. 

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    • There may be more at work here. West Dunbartonshire has a majority from the Scottish National Party (SNP), even though Bollan is a member of the Socialist Party. I did some research and found some things that are discouraging, at best. The Scottish Parliament is now controlled by the SNP. The main goal of the SNP is make Scotland into a completely sovereign country once again, breaking away from the UK. As an Israeli, I was initially encouraged by the fact that the party in control leans more to the right than some others. However, the opposite is true. The SNP is determinedly anti-Zionist and has made noise in the European Parliament for suspending all trade agreements with Israel and they also sharply criticized Israel over the Mavi Marmara incident.

      It may be that The Guardian doesn’t want to give publicity to a separatist movement. Such sentiments are reserved for Israel, not where it would be inconvenient for those interested in keeping the UK intact.

  1. Michael – you may be right.

    I was interested to read that the SNP wants the EU to suspend trade agreements with Israel. I recently had a brief discussion with an MEP who mentioned this and spoke of being very much against any such suspension. Apparently the trade is such that ending the agreement would damage Europe economically and would adversely affect the EU’s ability to project politically a positive influence on peace in the region.

    That this obsession with Israel is unhealthy is pretty obvious to anyone who hasn’t fallen victim to it. But will that obsession lead to politicians being willing to deepen the ecnomic mire of those they represent?

    Incidentally, a couple of years ago I read of a young Israeli lad who appeared to have come up with a vehicle component which would reduce by half its need for petrol. Presumably Scotland will want none of that either, eh?